Lawmakers Consider Animal Abuse Registry

I wanted to share this article recently posted in the New York Times about a bill lawmakers are considering to create an animal abuse registry.  While most shelters across the United States have created their own “list” of people who should not be considered as potential adopters, it would be a huge advantage to have one master database that everyone could use.   According to the article, some states have a similar registry, however this proposed bill for the state of California and not for a national registry.

Perhaps if this bill passes in California, lawmakers in other states will follow suit and introduce similar bills in their respective states.  If there are registries to protect our children against abusers, does it not make sense to have a similar registry to protect our “fur babies” too?    

Last year, Wayside Waifs took in over 6,500 abandoned, abused and homeless animals in Missouri.  When animals have come from abusive homes Wayside staff and volunteers spend countlesss hours to help the animal overcome their fears and nurture them back to being happy and emotionally healthy animals.  We are only able to do this with the help of our foster families.

What are your thoughts about this story?  Would you support a similar bill in your state?  This story is definitely one to watch in the coming months.

Written by Trish Stinger
Web Marketing Manager at Wayside Waifs

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